First, let me start with the fact that I love coffee. The juice of life. Coffee is a great pick-me-up in the morning, afternoon, or evening. It helps clear out the cobwebs. So, yes, I am biased when it comes to coffee news. I love to hear positive studies about coffee. But, thankfully, there’s lots of positive news about it, so I’m happy.
The act of brewing coffee is somewhat of a ritual, and I enjoy measuring the coffee into the filter and smelling the wonderful scent. Its aroma is just amazing, and I know many people who love the smell of coffee more than the taste. According to a South Korean study, just sniffing that first hot cup in the morning may help ease stress. The fact that the aroma of roasted beans triggers a relaxation response, helping to ease stress, was supported by a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.
When the coffee is brewed, and you finally get to taste that warm cup of happiness, it just warms your soul. I love the taste of coffee. My favorite coffee is Tully’s Madison Blend
Some coffee history:
Legend has it that coffee was discovered around 850 A.D. in Ethiopia by a goat herder who observed that his animals were unusually lively after eating bright-red berries. Inside those berries were the coffee beans. Now, with more than 400 billion cups consumed every year, coffee is the world’s most popular beverage.
My wonderful husband drinks an Americano, and he may be interested to learn that the term comes from American GIs during WWII. They would order espresso with water to dilute the strong flavor. Furthermore, the term “cup of joe” comes from American servicemen (GI Joes) in WWII being seen as big coffee drinkers.
Coffee in today’s headlines:
Coffee has been studied for more than a century and claims a number of health benefits. Your daily cup of joe may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes , Alzheimer’s disease, liver disease, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and more.
A cup a day could help you stay sharp. A study from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences found that a daily dose of caffeine may block the disruptive effects of high cholesterol that scientists have linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers at the American Association for Cancer Research meeting reported that coffee consumption reduced the risk of dying from prostate cancer.
It also packs a powerful punch of antioxidants. In fact, Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than from any other food or beverage. With just two calories per 8-ounce cup (no cream or sugar) and no fat, coffee is a guilt-free way to boost your health.
Coffee’s other benefits:
Nutrients in coffee grounds help some plants grow. Sprinkle the used grounds over the soil to enrich it. Starbucks, and many other coffee shops, will give away their used grounds for your garden. And, there’s no need to compost the grounds, though you can add the grounds to your compost if you wish.
Freshen your refrigerator, freezer, or cupboards with unused grounds. The grounds neutralize air by absorbing moisture, while giving off their own great java scent. Place a small bowl of grounds in the back of your fridge, or hang a cheesecloth pouch filled with grounds in the cabinet where you keep your garbage. Discard after a few months.
Coffee is an all-natural exfoliant. In addition, the caffeine in the coffee reduces redness and swelling. Mix together 1 cup cooled used coffee grounds, 1/2 cup sugar (also a dry-skin reliever), and 1/2 tablespoon jojoba oil (which hydrates skin without leaving it greasy); gently rub mixture all over your body in a circular motion, then rinse and pat dry.